Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the NBC musical drama’s second season, starting with the season premiere. According to Deadline, Hudson will play Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (fellow American Idol alum Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty).
“This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. “Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.”
Hudson previously worked with Smash executive producer Steven Spielberg on Dreamgirls, which was produced by DreamWorks. “I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC,” Spielberg commented.
Are you excited to see JHuds on Smash? Does this give you more hope for the musical drama’s second season?